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are here for you. we have the latest radar on wjla.com. and you can track storms on your phone. >> now to some breaking news. two airliners collide on the tarmac. >> it happened after 3:00. let's go to kris van cleave with details. >> this happened on a taxiway at about 3:20 this afternoon. we will show you some video of it. flight 417 on the taxiway heading for the runway to depart to frankfurt. you can see it there on your screen. the smaller plane is a united express aircraft belonging to called in air. it was arriving from pets barred -- pittsburgh. it is unclear who was at fault.
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that swing that sticks up on the screen that appears to have collided with the tail on the smaller plane. the damage could be seen from news chapter 7. there were no injuries. they are assessing the damage to their aircraft. they believe it is minor. it is unclear if the flight will depart for frankfurt tonight. we do have a crew at dulles airport trying to talk to people on the flights. we will bring you updates as we get more. >> also tonight we have a developing story in hagerstown. a 3-year-old is in the hospital after shooting himself. he was playing outside when he found the weapon. police are trying to figure out where it came from. >> i was just talking to police
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and this is what i am learning. they know the gun was not stolen. officers are trying to figure out who it belongs to. they are tracing it for the systems they have access to. the little boy and the parents are still in the hospital. between this thrift shop and a restaurant in the parking lot is where the 3-year-old boy and his sister were planning. not too far from this bike the 3-year-old found a gun a beretta. >> i think it is that somebody left a gun lying around. >> the gun fired once hitting the boy in his chest. the sister ran upstairs to their apartment to tell the parents. a man who works downtown heard the commotion. >> i think about my son. >> when they checked the gun there were no extra rounds inside. only one bullet was inside.
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>> but your children first. >> the area is frequented by homeless people who neighbors say sleep and a lot and leave things behind. >> there are too many things going on. i do not know. i do not come out at night. >> i also talked to a friend of the family who said they talked to the parents in the hospital with their little boy. all they have heard is the little boy is in stable condition. >> we will stay in maryland where police say a man threatened and aurora style shooting. james is accused of going on -- threading on going on a shooting spree. a search of his home turned up evidence he was trying to obtain an assault rifle. >> the two of the special session on casinos and maryland. they do not last long.
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we are learning some lawmakers might not be completely on board with the idea of a casino at national harbour. roz plater has an update. >> the senate gave preliminary approval to the gaming bill about one hour ago. expect to reconvene at 6:00 for a final vote. this after a day long of debate on the issue. the most hotly debated item of whether there should be a sixth casino in maryland. the bill to expand gaming and to allow for a sixth casino hit the senate floor on the two of the special session. front and center, is an additional casino too much? >> i have concerns about the oversaturation of the market. i have concerns about reducing the rates. i have concerns about the impact it will have on the other five
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license holders. >> the state's newest casino just opened. >> the casinos that are existing, there is not enough business to support all the casinos. >> they spent the afternoon considering dozens of amendments, many design to protect existing parlors. that issue was already considered. >> we are asking the chambers to resist putting lott on the bill. the bulk of the governor and i proposed upstroke -- struck a balance after consideration. >> the ways and means committee held a hearing this afternoon. the lieutenant governor is feeling good about the chances of the bill passing. right now the committee is still meeting. if they will get an up or down vote. it will go to the floor of the house of delegates monday morning. we spoke with baker about a
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fight he is having to get this bill passed in his own county. >> see you at 6:00. disturbing allegations about a day care. a man is a suspected serial child molester. he is charged with two accounts that investigators believe could grow dramatically. stephen tschida has the story. >> a little girl came board with allegations that thomas who live here at this house, he had molested her. they thought it was an isolated case. since then they have spoken with a number of boys and girls to tell them that thomas molested them as well. the playground sits empty. no children have been to the day care in weeks, not since a teenage girl went to the police with a tale of sexual abuse several years ago.
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what i do not have any information. if you want to find out anything about the charges check with the courts. >> neighbors say this older woman owns the house. her daughter ran the day care out of the house. they say the younger woman's son, 28-year-old elwood thomas did not work. >> babies, toddlers, school aged children as well. >> the girl became board said thomas touched her inappropriately numerous times when she was 11 and 12 years old. since the initial complaint investigators say other children said he molested them. >> he was very nice. i am shocked just like everyone else that an accusation like that has been made. >> investigators are convinced there are more victims. while they continue to search, the woman who used to walk and
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scores of children into her home did not want to talk today. >> how did this happen? >> have a blessed day. >> he has bonded out of jail but they have seen -- have not seen him in the neighborhood four weeks. police are asking any children who have come to this day care to talk to their children about what may have happened. >> thank you. prince william county firefighters are trying to determine what sparked a fire at a church in gainesville virginia. it broke out at this baptist church after 4:30 this morning. authorities are trying to find a cause in the congregation. they're trying to figure out how to rebuild. >> the best news of the day nobody was hurt in the fire. the church behind me, the inside
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of it is a complete loss. not only will they have to rebuild, they will have to restart a project they were in the midst of working on. >> got will take you through even this. you will come out stronger. >> members raced to the scene as word spread. >> our church is on fire. they do not know how bad is right now. >> witnesses say flames shot out of the roof. >> between the smoke damage and the water damage. >> the church will have to be gutted. they were touched after firefighters saw midst two bibles. >> this is hardly damaged at all. >> a bit of good news at a time of loss. >> you cannot destroy god's
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word. >> >> the backpacks or lost in the fire. they will have to lean on the community they were trying to serve. fire investigators are trying to determine the cause of it all. >> they are checking to make sure. >> sources tell us so far the investigation has been inconclusive. they cannot determine what caused the fire. they will be sending samples to a lab to find answers with that. they are planning on having service on sunday. they are working on plans to try to start the school drive all over again. reporting live, jennifer donelan, abc 7 news. >> still to come, police have concerns about a potential child predators. the incident they say might be related.
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>> a woman attacked by a chimpanzee faces the public for the first time. why she ended up in a courtroom. >> a plane crash from inside the cockpit. >> hundreds gathered to remember the victims of the shooting rampage.
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>> and emotional memorial service and wisconsin. hundreds gathered to remember the victims of the mass shooting. >> mourners came from as far away as india. among those in attendance, eric holder and numerous state officials. rebecca cooper is live with more on the emotional memorial. >> complete strangers came together with family and friends of the victims to show support for this oak creek community. the best way to respond to hate is by showing love. hundreds gathered at oak creek high school gymnasium. mourners singing traditional sikh iymns.
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>> you must not fight fire with fire. we must not fight hate with hate. >> the temple's president is remembered as a hero. the indian-born immigrant's death is helping teach the world about the faith he followed. >> my father would say to me you make a living by what you make. you make a life by what you do. >> investigators say they do not know what made page open fire, but they believe the white supremacist did follow -- did target the followers for their faith. eric holder and scott walker urged americans to honor the victims by rejecting the hate that led to the killings. >> although we have been brought together by unspeakable and devastating tragedy, we are
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bound together by much more. >> today we mourn with you. we pray with you. and we support you. >> following the public memorial, family members held six private funerals. in the community well have the traditional 48 hours of morning. rebecca cooper, abc seven days. >> the soldier found guilty of planning to blow up a restaurant full of troops will be spending the rest of his life in prison. he was sentenced today in texas. he told investigators he was making the bomb as part of a major attack against fort hood soldiers. he was arrested with bomb making materials in a hotel last summer. >> video caught on camera from inside a plane as it crashes. a father and his son in two
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france took off on what was supposed to be a short flight to record video of the idaho mountains. the cameras were still rolling and capture the aftermath of the crash. everybody survived. the father was her to the worst. his jaw was broken in three places. >> maryland regulators are taking a look at the law that allows power companies to charge customers even when the lights go out. many of the hundreds of thousands of people who lost power for days after the storms have to pay for the first 24 hours in which they had no electricity. power companies say that is a way to recoup costs of repairs. >> any chance of the lights going out tonight? >> i cannot tell you whether there will be storms, there are a possibility. >> a definite maybe.
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>> i like that. let's take you started with a time lapse. this is the rooftop chairman the past few hours. looking over the city, every now and then we will get a break in the overcast. because it has been rather cloudy, the instability is kept on the low side. we have a way to go through the evening. i think we will see showers and storms. the potential is there for some of them to be severe. 82 degrees in for washington right now. wins out of the southwest of 5 miles per hour. aspirin picked up .67 inches of rain. 1.23 in huntingtown. ocean city got some rain as well. the only real heavy rain we have right now is north and west of the matter washington area.
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severe thunderstorms in the fact for another 15 minutes coming out of berkeley county into washington county. more showers and storms farther north. as always see at the moment locally. there are more batches and elements of being forced to the northeast ahead of a cold front. this is a slow-moving cold front. we have a situation where we have scattered showers and storms toward hagerstown. there could be a pop up severe thunderstorm. i think the cloud cover is really helping mitigate the real high threat of anything severe breaking out on a wide scale basis tonight. cooling off a bit to the west. temperature was we will be in the 80's going forward for the next several days. in pittsburgh after simmering on the '70s and detroit. a cooling trend here. even when you look west the intense heat is pushed back into the central plains. circulation around low pressure
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of the lakes. that is helping push the front through the area. i think we will have a lot of clouds and a morning shower. as far as sunshine tomorrow afternoon, i do not think we will see much. we may see some breakthrough in the overcast. if you go to the beaches it will be cloudy there. high pressure starts to build. sunday will be partly to mostly sunny. humidity starts to build for the weekend. 86 tomorrow. lots of showers in the morning and as far as the beaches go, not a great day tomorrow. partly to mostly cloudy. scattered showers and storms. sunday looks much improved. a little bit of sunshine in the afternoon tomorrow. lots of sunshine sunday. monday warm and more humid. tuesday showers, and we will settle into the mid to upper
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80's for the rest of the week. thank you. >> we have news about our facebook page. >> it is one of everybody's favorites. in sign up for your chance to win a brand new ipad. you can enter once a day every day between now and friday morning. we will announce the winner during good morning washington. here is a look at what's coming up on prime time. we begin with an episode of " shark tank." back-to-back episodes of "20- 20." then joined us back for abc 7 news at 11:00. >> getting paid with metro. >> a big name and local politics once he to be able to move faster on one stretch of highway.
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>> it has been more than three years since a chimpanzee attacked a connecticut woman mauling her to the point that her face had to be rebuilt. >> she made her first public appearance since her face
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transplant last year. >> in public for the first time since being mauled by her friend's chimpanzee three years ago. she is trying to move forward with a lawsuit against the state of connecticut. >> charlotte sits in a nursing home outside of boston in total darkness without eyes, hands her face. >> and allowed her friend to keep a 200 pound champ as a pet. in 2009 travis' got loose and attacked. >> he is killing my friend. >> who is calling your friend? >> my chimpanzee. >> in this 2009 interview with oprah winfrey, she bravely
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exposed her injuries to the world. >> the one simple fact is had the state exercised its mandatory obligation to seize and dispose of the illegally possessed chimpanzee, this accident would have never happened. >> the attorney general is fighting back against the potential suit. >> allowing the suit against the state regarding these functions would result in limitless claims. >> charlotte has endured multiple surgeries including a face transplant and recently spoke about her recovery. >> one day at a time. that is all you can do. no regrets. >> the connecticut commissioner is expected to make a decision on the lawsuit within the next 30 days. >> coming up, a local school district changing the way students get to school.
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white kids will need a pass to get on the bus. >> -- why kids will need a pass to get on the bus. >> police are asking for the public's help and making a case against a man they believe is a over the next four mor hs you have a choice to make. not just between two political parties, or even two people. it's a choice between two very different plans for our country. governor romney's plan would cut taxes for the folks at the very top. roll back regulations on big banks. and he says that if we do, our economy will grow and everyone will benefit. but you know what? we tried that top down approach. it's what caused the mess in the first place. i believe the only wayo create an economy built to last is to strengen the middle class. asking the wealthy to pay a little more so we can pay down our debt in a balanced way. so that we can afford to invest in education manufacturing, and home-grown american energy for r good middle class jobs.
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>> you are watching abc 7 news at 5:00 on your side. >> police are asking the public's help in keeping a child predator behind bars. >> it appears the same man may have tried to pick up under age boys on several occasions three times this week. sam ford is live. >> we have learned today after three incidents this week involving an elderly man trying to entice three teenager boys, police have found something to lock him up on but they do not
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think they have enough evidence to charge him with a sex crime. they're asking for the public's help in case there are other incidents. a man identified as a 68-year- old male is accused of stalking a boy, a popular place for kids to play behind the elementary school. his focus seems to be boys 9-11 years old. they have not charged him in any child sex cases, but they want to. >> of the community has information about anything similar, we would like help. >> they believe in april he was at the park passing out fliers to tutor boys. on monday they relate -- there received a complaint about child pornography. tuesday at wilson high school they believe he was knew the in the locker room making overtures
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to three boys. >> very scary. i hope they are taking precautions to make sure it is safe for kids. >> that is really upsetting. i hope whoever did that is caught. >> police said this afternoon no charges have been filed. >> we have information to know that at least the three later events are connected and above the same person. >> police say they arrested the 68-year-old white male on an outstanding warrant for unlawful entry. they have asked of other people have other incidents that might involve this man who owns a blue four-door car to please come forward and contact police. >> fire at a virginia playground is under investigation. the fire started just before 1:00 a.m. thursday in burke
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virginia. they saw a playground equipment and mulch on fire. but the fire out quickly and nobody was hurt. >> let's take a look at other top stories. a three-year old boy is fighting for his life after shooting himself this morning. he was playing outside with his sister when he found a gun. investigators are trying to figure out where the gun came from. >> marilyn's special session could be coming to a close. -- maryland the's special session could be coming to a close. we will keep you posted on the updates. >> officials are not sure what caused the fire inside of a church. it started at around 4:30 this morning. members say it will have to be gutted. both federal and local authorities are working on the investigation. >> several big stories coming up on world news including the
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drought across the nation. >> let's see what is on tap tonight for world news. you are talking about drought? >> it is incredible as you know. the number of this drought that stunned us how it could soon affect every family of in the country. we will take you where crops have been wiped out. how do every day homeowners get their hands on these mortgage rates. >> and the olympic athletes are having a great olympics. what about them? >> tonight we have a bit of a twist. we decided to celebrate the parents. they are our persons of the week. the parents who fought to get the stars to london. >> you can watch those stories and more right after abc 7 news as 6:00. >> are you one of those people who cannot drive at 55?
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you are not alone. montgomery county executive legget said the 55 mile per hour speed limit should be increased. drivers should be allowed to go faster at a safe speed but the brakes may already be put on the idea. officials say it was designed for a top speed of 60 miles per hour. >> half the friday evening commute is never fund. jerry is here with details. >> 95 southbound in virginia, this shot in springfield where we are not seeing jammed traffic. it will begin around a park or through quantico and off and on as you head down towards fredericksburg. this delay neared 201 a crash off to the right shoulder so your travel lanes are open. we are seeing a slow roll on the outer loop heading toward 355 before connecticut ave. overturn vehicle blocking the
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right lane. i.t. 70 delays began heading toward frederick and up to 80 urbana. -- i-270 up to 80 urbana. >> still to come, a warning for people who take a popular hair growth drug. why propecia may cause emotional effects. >> metro is in the midst of a mystery that is costing one quarter of a million dollars. >> 3 and 1/2 million dollars in a lawsuit against the district.
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>> how would you like to get paid to ride buses and trains? >> metro has hired a firm to do a secret shoppers survey. we're getting an idea at what the secret shoppers are looking for. kris van cleave with more on the checklist. >> metro tells us this essentially flat things metro may need to address. it will not talk about what has been flat so far they are
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telling us what the mystery writers are looking for and what the program is costing. metro has a secret. any of these people could be an on it. they are spending more than $250,000 on a mystery writer program. hiring a research company to ride the entire system and rate it. >> i think the money is a little high. >> i write it every day. like and i not do it for free? >> the agency told us on the plan doors, announcements, maps, and sign it as well as the physical condition of the cars, graffiti seats like, and cleanliness. at real stations sign it, maps, fare machines, escalators, cleanliness, lights, metro employees and police presence. >> this station would have done fairly well. several escalators were offline or under construction.
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we did not see any police presence. >> a metro transit officer? i have never actually seen as a officer. >> we ask riders to put on their mystery hat and weigh in. >> for the most part it is clean. >> the timing has gotten better. >> the delay of trains, working on the escalators. >> they never have air- conditioning. >> metro says once the mystery writers have gone to all the stations, all the lines, red and all the bus lines and stations there will be a final report put together and that will be released to the public wants it is completed. we have put findings from a 2009 program up at wjla.com. we also have more on what this time they are looking for. >> a lot of volunteers out there
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to do this. >> i will get on the next time and see if it has air- conditioning. >> concerns grow as the number of swine flu cases increase across the nation. >> instead of helping myself with exercise and the right nutrition, i was digging my own grave. >> a local woman gets exactly what she needs. see how her story will [ obama ] i'm barack obama and i approve this message. i think mitt romney's really out of touch with the average woman's health issues... this is nothe 1950s. contraception is so important to women... it's about a woman being able to make decisions... i don't remember anyone as extrereme as romney... i'll cut off funding to planned parenthood. i don't think mitt romney can even understand the mindset of someone who has to go to planned parenthood. planned parenthood. we're going to get rid of that. i
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think romney would definitely drag us back... [ male announcer ] in 1996 president clinton and a bi-partisan congress helped end welfare as we know it, by requiring work for welfare. but on july 12th president obama quietly announced a plan to gut welfare reform by dropping work requirements. under obama's plan you wouldn't have to work, and wouldn't have to train for a job -- they just send you your welfare check.. and welfare to work goes back to being plain, old welfare. mitt romney will restore the work requirement, because it works. [ romney ] i'm mitt romney and i approve this message.
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>> we continue with a story about a woman desperate to lose weight. >> sally adams spent the last year transforming her body and mind on abc's extreme makeover weight-loss addition. >> greta kreuz has the story. >> one year ago sally adams was morbidly obese. >> i weighed close to 350 pounds. that is unacceptable. >> 20 years ago she looked like this. the 46-year-old mother said her
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way to spiraled out of control after serious injuries and a couple of miscarriages. >> instead of helping myself to dig out with exercise and the right nutrition, i was dating my own grave with a spoon. >> she reached out to extreme makeover for help. chris set her up on an intense way loss nutrition plan and work out. >> i would be lying if i told all of it is great. it is really hard. >> locally a trainer at primal fitness keep sir on track. >> she was here five days a week and spent three or four hours a day at other gm outside of everything she did here. >> over time the body weight plummeted and her cholesterol and blood sugar levels drop out of the danger zone. >> there is no question this experience was absolutely and utterly critical to my survival. >> she credits her family.
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she knows she wants to lose more weight and ultimately she hopes her journey motivates others into action. >> what i took away and what kept me going the whole time was knowing that somebody else might be inspired to get off of the couch. >> to see how much weight she did lose, tune into abc 7 sunday night at 9:00. >> a warning about swine flu. the center for disease control found 145 cases of the virus. all but two are in indiana and ohio. it is believed all of the cases originated with he meant there animal contract agricultural affairs. because of that, fares are told to keep the visitors away from pigs. so far is only caused a mild flu
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cases. a popular hair loss drug might do more than regrow here. it can cause depression and suicidal thoughts. researchers at george washington university school of medicine and health science found a spike in the press of thoughts among men who also experienced sexual side effects from propecia. doctors need to discuss the risk of side effects with their patience. >> a family got a little extra help in fredericksburg. the school dressing day even to that is put together by the interfaith community council was held at the live center. kids and their families were checking out clothes and school supplies. the best part about it, it is all for free. one volunteer said she knows how it feels to be asking for help. >> i have been here and i have had people showed me around. you are in that position you're
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asking for help, and i try to be mindful, hey, that was like my mom last year. >> you can still get help if you did not register and are in need. you have to bring proof you live in fredericksburg, stafford, or carolina counties and a child's report card is an acceptable form of identification. >> the united states has pulled ahead in nicely in the total number of medals. they lead china by 9 the metals and two goals. way behind in third place is russia. the british are in fourth place. germany is fifth. >> way to go team usa. >> maureen bunyan has a look at what is coming up at 6:00. >> we are following breaking news. a minor collision between two airplanes at dulles airport. we are tracking a growing controversy in the race for the
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white house. a democratic campaign ad in furs mitt romney was responsible for a woman's death. we are tracking developments in the showdown over expanded gambling in maryland. a live report from the state house coming up at 6:00. >> thank you. we are also tracking the storm out there. >> we have bright sunshine. just up the road a bit and frederick county, a warning in the fact. we have a brand new weather watch. this is in hagerstown right near the interchange. take a look at the facts and hagerstown a few minutes ago. it is 83 degrees now. the area is still under a severe thunderstorm morning until 6:15. it is mainly east of hagerstown
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and now crossing the border into northwest sections of hagerstown town to appear there are a few more elements of showers and storms are taking from the storm's center over the lake just ahead of the cold front. more times than not it will not be raining. maybe an isolated severe storm later this evening. a front will roll through tomorrow but it will probably leave us with mainly cloudy skies in the afternoon. send it will be the date for sunshine in the area. -- sunday will be the day for sunshine in the area. that is said. more for you in a couple of minutes. >> britt mchenry, back from buffalo. >> rgiii debut, he put points on the board. >> it was his first game, but it was good. robert griffin iii had an impressive debut, capped off by an 80-yard scoring drive. he still has a long way to go.
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mike shanahan said he was pleased with the performance but he added it is still a work in progress. especially with the running game. the bright spot was his 4-6 70 yards statistic, it is just a building opportunity. >> practice is a lot harder than the game. you come out and you can see all the reads a lot clearer just because you are not going against the defense every single day. the holes are a lot bigger. i felt like i was able to read things a lot cleaner. get the ball out of my hands. >> the quarterback is only as good as his best receiver. gocon made griffon look like a veteran. he caught a ball for 20 yards out for a touchdown. he even added theatrics to his score. i caught up with gocon and this is what he had to say.
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>> it was a good day. we had a very productive -- we ran great against the new defense. it was good to put that on tape. >> i was inspired by the women's gymnastics team. i have to work on my landing. it was very interesting. i did that i was going to do it until i was in the air. -- i did not know i was going to do that until i was in the air. it was fun. >> i think mike shanahan will give that landing a 9.0. >> not bad. anything -- anytime you walk away with a victory is good. >> everybody has heard of a pop -- a hall pass but if your child is an arlington county and ordered among
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>> the arlington county school district has an overcrowding problem on its hands but not in the classroom. too many children are taking the school bus. >> you now have to have passes to ride the bus. >> they do not worry about the piece of paper. >> requiring kids to show a paper pass to read the school bus raises the same concerns. >> how of my supposed to remember that every morning with everything else within about. >> the arlington county school district thought about that, too. >> we are looking at giving them more permanent passes. >> in november a consultant's study suggested the bus solution to these problems.
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too many kids who are supposed to be walking to school or hopping on the school bus. what's that is what we are trying to avoid. we do not know those kids are going to get on the buses, we cannot manage the number of students. >> a lot of kids said, i do not have my past. they were just like, this is too much to keep up with. >> starting in september they are going to try to keep only those with bus passes on board. the challenge for the district is to find a way to pay for the $10.5 million in the bus transportation cost. if the county were to add one bus and one driver, it would cost taxpayers $190,000. >> that is all for us it 5:00. >> live and in hd, this is abc 7 news at 6:00 on your side.
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>> first at 6:00 we begin as storm watch as severe weather moves into the area. right now our weather team is tracking the system that could lead to damage. >> doug hill is here with a first look at what we can expect. >> the only severe weather is over far northern sections of frederick county maryland. the rooftop camera high above the weather center just shows partly cloudy skies with temperatures in the 80's. for the north, a severe thunderstorm warning remains in effect. strong winds and torrential rain running through thurmont. other fragment of stars popping up of the eastern panhandle of west virginia. the number of small areas of showers and storms. why didn't we not -- why we do not expect

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